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  • Putting IT To Use: One Button Studio

    Since the MMLC has been in the Library, we’ve really been taking advantage of our proximity to our peers. I thought I would start a blog series called “Putting IT To Use” about how a language professor or other Humanists could incorporate some of the new (or at least new to you!) technology Northwestern has….

  • Humanities and Computer Science — What?

    It’s holiday time. Time for big dinners, friends, family, and cheer. At the dinner table there might be those half-interested questions of “What do you do?” or “How is your work going?” This month, after attending the 10th annual DHCS conference and an exciting talk by Mark Guzdial on how to boost society’s computer literacy, my response will be just as energetic and as clear as Ralph Parker asking Santa for a Red Ryder BB rifle : “Increased access and literacy surrounding digital tools are critical to scholarship and instruction of the humanities, and I’m happy to be a part of it!” — But it’s never that easy.

  • DemoCats I – Sylvie, Mochi, Kuma and Luna

    In what will hopefully become a recurring feature for the MMLC blog, our pet cats (and our colleagues’ pet cats) test out the equipment that the MMLC has available for checkout. If you have a tech-leaning Northwestern-affiliated cat who would like to become part of our team, please feel free to shoot me a message…

  • RT) New MMLC social media channels!

    The MMLC is finally on Facebook and Twitter! A quick introduction first: I am on the MMLC student staff as the department’s first copywriter in more than 12 years. I write for the blog, but now I also manage the center’s social networking accounts. Back in high school, I wrote and designed for the yearbook, the…

  • MMLC’s New Student Employees

    The MMLC’s student employees currently occupy positions from lab aide to developer. Some have a knowledge of the equipment and how it runs, while others use their knowledge of coding to develop projects going on within the MMLC. Cecile-Anne Sison, who hires most of the MMLC student employees, explains how the center integrates this youth…

  • MMLC Welcomes Visitors to Open House

    With the start of a new year comes the advent of new technology, or in the case of the MMLC, new facilities. The MMLC recently held an open house, debuting its range of technology and new collaborative spaces. With nearly 100 people in attendance, the MMLC staff welcomed faculty from varying departments, some MMLC student…

  • Excitement About our Move

    As the Spring 2016 term closes, we celebrate another great year of creative and scholarly pursuits by our team, the faculty who call upon us, and, most of all, the students whose classes and projects often take shape in our labs and studios. But we also look forward to what’s coming in our new home in Kresge Hall this fall.

  • Spring into Workshop Fun!

    The MMLC is partnering with Northwestern Information Technology to offer an impressive set of workshops this Spring. Whether you might want to learn more about iMovie, more about how you can improve the accessibility of course PDFs, or how you can take better advantage of the features in Word and PowerPoint to create more effective instructional materials, let’s exercise our thinking muscles!

Creative Projects, BYOD
A smartphone "rig kit."

Technology has made shooting and editing video much more accessible to everyone. Companies are increasingly coming out with one-touch solutions. The rise of apps that do what more complex software accomplish means people have powerful creative tools in their pockets. The MMLC is keeping this in mind and is coming up with kits that will make it easier to use your own recording devices but still manage a professional look.

Cecile-Anne Sison,